Six members and one guest attended the September meeting. We had a fun time making Artist Trading Cards (ATCs), with members trying various techniques — skinner blend backgrounds, transfers, rubber stamps with mica powders, molding, antiquing — and even a beach scene complete with sand & shells! April also shared a successful inkjet transfer she had done using JetprintPhoto Imaging & Photo (Matte) paper (available at Wal-Mart, $10.00 for 100 sheets). Thanks to everyone who attended. And a special thanks to Jeanne Rhea of Heart of Clay for sending along gorgeous sample ATCs for us to drool over!
When we finished playing, we discussed the following business items:
- Group Swap: We will hold a swap at the October 13th meeting for anyone who wants to swap ATCs. You may participate regardless of whether you attended the September meeting. To get an idea of the number of cards each person needs to make, please RSVP by September 22nd if you’re interested. We will be organizing this swap via our mailing list, so be sure to sign up for the list if you haven’t already.
- Other ATC Swaps:
- There’s a polymer clay tree-themed ATC swap listed on Swap-bot with a sign-up date of September 15th. This one is open to newbies, so it’s a good place to get your feet wet if you haven’t done a swap before. You might even consider incorporating one of your leaf canes from our June meeting.
- Looking for more swap action? Here’s a list of all of Swap-bot’s current ATC swaps.
- The group modified, then voted on, the points reward system. Here is the system we unanimously decided on:
- Members will earn 2 points for each book or video they donate to the guild library.
- Members will earn 4 points for each lesson they teach or co-teach.
- Members will earn 8 points for holding an office for a year.
- At the end of the year, points will be calculated. For members who’ve earned 11-20 points, their yearly dues will be discounted $2. For 21-30 points, dues will be discounted $4. And for 31+ points, dues will be discounted $8.
- We held our first drawing to start populating our guild library. The two winning books (which should be ordered in time for the next meeting) were:
- Faux Surfaces in Polymer Clay: 30 Techniques & Projects That Imitate Stones, Metals, Wood & More, by Irene Semanchuk Dean
- Polymer Clay Jewelry, by Debbie Jackson.
- We discussed holding a joint meeting with the Tulsa guild, probably next spring. We’ve been emailing them to start arranging something like this and will keep everyone posted.
- We discussed the schedule for the rest of the year, and decided we should not have the 5th Saturday Play Day that would normally be scheduled for December 29th, since most people will probably be out of town or otherwise busy with holiday festivities.
- We decided on plans for the next two meetings & discussed additional ideas for meeting topics. If you are willing to teach us one of the unassigned topics, please get in touch.
- September 29th Play Day - Photographing your Artwork - Penni Jo.
- October 13th - Halloween Project - Cassy (Deviled & Angel Eggs) & Angela (glow-in-the-dark clay)
- Covering Switch Plates - Penni Jo
- Extruders & Canes - April
- Christmas Projects
- Ink-jet Image Transfers
- Rubber Stamps & Clay
- Faux Techniques
- Beads & Bead-Making
We look forward to seeing everyone at our September 29th Play Day!